9 February 2009
The International Fiber Collaborative project for 2008-2009 is Interdependence. Participants will create a full-sized tree for display in April 2009 at Big Springs International Park in Huntsville, Alabama. The idea is to symbolise the interdependence of of different elements of society – family units, communities, and countries, much as the leaves and roots of a tree are interdependent, and neither can survive without the other.
Participants from around the world are invited to create leaves using fibre or fibre techniques to contribute to the creation of the tree. Submissions may relate to interdependence in a social, economical, political, ecological, or geographical way. In total, up to 30,000 leaves may be used.
The application deadline is March 15, 2009.
For more information and to download an application form, visit the International Fiber Collaborative web site.
6 January 2009
Job opportunities for textile artists – get involved with the River and Cloth project in the London Borough of Merton. Foir more information see the Embroiderers’ Guild web site.
Deadline 12th January 2009
12 December 2008
Embloggery is a fascinating project – seeking, in artist Nicole Wolfersberger’s words
"to examine the implications of the fact that we now have the ability to disseminate widely something written very quickly, to a potentially very large audience"
Each entry in the blog is a digital image of a hand embroidered diary entry. The first post, what/why, raises questions about how and what we communicate in this age of instantaneous interaction. Forming a stitch, clicking ‘publish’ on a blog, the actions of the hand and the mind, the relationships and tensions between the physical and the digital, are some of the themes Nicole is exploring. She invites readers to journey with the blog and comment and critique, and to follow the images to her Flickr pages, where they include notes and links which contribute to the overall piece.
Found via Paula Hewitt of The Beauty of Life, with thanks.
27 February 2008
The latest issue of Fibre&Stitch (issue 3) is newly out, offering a feast of techniques, projects and information. Scanning down the table of contents, some headings immediately caught my eye – Terri Stegmiller with a series on techniques and methods for writing on fabric, and special guest articles by Linda Stokes on shibori with transfer dyes, and Helen Suzanne Alexander on achieving depth and distance in fibre landscapes.
There’s also a fascinating article by guest author Virginia A. Spiegel in which she explains how she collects and records information in her studio journals, and shares the thought processes that led to a particular series of art quilts.
The talented artists who contribute to Fibre&Stitch have a seemingly inexhaustible supply of ideas for colourful and beautiful projects and this issue is no exception. I especially liked Terri Stegmiller’s cheerful ‘scrappy fabric coasters’ and Debra Jo Hardman’s ‘thread-play scarf’, to name but two – and there is much more here to stimulate creativity.
To see what’s on offer, you can download the table of contents in PDF format from the Fibre&Stitch web site, or to get a practical taste of Fibre&Stitch, look at the generous range of projects and techniques on the free projects page.
Fibre&Stitch is a quarterly electronic publication in PDF format. You can subscribe online ($29.95 USD for a year’s subscription), and a single issue is $8.95 USD.